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Helping Kids Regulate Emotions For Body Safety

 
Because of the way children's brains develop, they can't regulate their emotions with ease. It's our job as parents to help them navigate that.
 
However, if we, as kids, were not taught how to regulate our own emotions, we may not be able to do it ourselves, let alone help our kids!
 
In this video, I show you a technique that I learned from Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson and their book The Whole Brain Child. In that book, they present various techniques for helping kids self regulate and connect with the parent so they can move through difficult emotions.
 
But, you may be asking, WHY does this matter when it comes to body safety?
 
As you will hear in the video, when we can help our kids learn to process their emotions, understand them, and regulate them, they can then make more rational decisions under stressful circumstances.
 
If your child were ever to find themselves in a situation that was unsafe, wouldn't you want them to be able to keep...
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How to create a SAFETY NETWORK for your kids and why it's so important!

ABUSE PREVENTION TOOLKIT: A safety network is a MUST in your abuse prevention toolkit. Here are the reasons why:

- Your child needs to know that they have other adults/peers in their life that they can turn to if they need help and you (as the primary caregiver) are either unavailable or they can't turn to you for any number of reasons.

- They may be put in a position where they are bribed, threatened or

So what do you need to create a safety-network?

You need to have 3 to 5 adults (can include one peer) and one of those adults needs to be someone that is NOT family.

Your child should help you select who they feel are the trusted adults that can be included in the safety-network.

once you have your list, you need to then ask those adults/peers if they are willing to be in your family's safety- network and what that will mean if they agree.

What it will mean is that they are accessible to reach by phone or in-person and that if they can't be accessible that they can reach out to...

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Why Sex Positivity Matters When Teaching Consent

In this episode, I had the great pleasure of connecting with Melissa Carnagey of Sex Positive Families. Melissa is one of the first educators I found when I started on my own journey of educating my kids on the topics of consent and sexual health. Her comprehensive resources and style of educating (straight forward, shame-free and sex positive) were so refreshing and empowering! So I am thrilled to introduce you to her work if you don’t already know her! In this episode we talked about a number of things including: – Her WHY of becoming a sex educator – How Sex Positive Families came to be and it’s mission – Why sex positive education in the BIPOC community is so important (as well as the representation of POC in the education space) – How sex ed for those with trauma history is so important, particularly when educating our kids about these, sometimes triggering, topics. 

Melissa Carnagey (she/they) is a sexuality educator, licensed social...

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Mimosas Podcast Interview of Rosalia of CONSENTparenting™

This week Kristen & Talia get to pick the brain of Rosalia from Consent Parenting. She brings us on her journey to motherhood, and her three different births. We get to hear about how she managed depression during her third pregnancy, and her introduction to meditation. We dive deep into the culture we can create in our home of consent parenting and what this means. We get to hear about some ways we can discuss this with grandparents, as well as how to navigate some tricky things adults might say to kids when they show their affection differently than the adult was hoping. We ask for statistics on sexual abuse, and learn about the age children are now being introduced to pornography and why that matters. Rosalia was a wealth of information!

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How to ask your kids for consent (as a way to teach them)

 

Your child doesn't OWE you any affection and you are NOT entitled to it from them. This doesn't mean you would deny them safety and affection. It's about modeling healthy relationships, and the most important and significant one is with you!

In this video, a continuation of last week's video- I talk about the HOW to approach teaching about body autonomy and asking for affection/giving affection.

I'd love to hear your thoughts after watching the video.

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Q&A: Porn Starter Talks for Parents

 Your kids will INEVITABLY come across it, whether intentionally or not. The average age for kids (all genders) to come across it for the first time now is between 9 and 13.

So... When is the right time to have this conversation?

(And yes, you do need to have this conversation with ALL GENDERS.)

And your next questions is probably: "What do I have to say to my kid/child/tween to start"?

In today's video I'm going to give you the low down!

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How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online

HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ONLINE!

Helping your kids stay safe online is a MUST in today’s digital world.

In this video I am reviewing the book Viral Parenting: A Guide To Setting Boundaries, Building Trust, and Raising Responsible Kids in an Online World by Mindy McKnight, YouTuber and Founder of Cute Girls Hairstyles.

 

We underestimate how important it is to teach our kids about how to stay safe online, but it matters now more than ever before. In this video I talk about how to help your kids STAY SAFE ONLINE!

Don't let the overwhelm of it stop you from giving your kids the right tools and information they need to:

- learn how to use the internet responsibly

- learn about leaving a digital fingerprint

- understand how to use social media in a mentally healthy way

- have a parent/child agreement that helps everyone stay safe and much more!

Leave a comment and let me know what you thought and any questions you have!

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You are NOT entitled to affection from your child.

So you want to hug your child, but they don't want affection. Do you still hug them because you want them to feel that you love them- and deep down, you feel they're YOUR child, you have that right?

Today we're talking about parents who feel 'entitled' to give/receive affection from their child.

No one is entitled to their child's body and in this video I'm going to talk about why.

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Breaking The Wheel Of Sexual Abuse

A few weeks ago I sat down with Elena Valle, the host of the Elena Out Loud podcast, to be interviewed for her 'survivor series'. 

We talked about what parents can do to start shifting their parenting style to create consent culture in their homes and communities!


We also talked about recognizing rape culture and how we can all make changes to dismantle it.

Here is Elena's podcast episode!

 

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